Today at Mass we hear the parable of the wheat and the tares. In the parables, Jesus reveals the hidden mysteries of God's Kingdom, foreshadowed in our life in the Church. In our own lives, we continue to sense the tension whereby the good crops and the weeds continue to grow alongside each other.  We must not let the persistent effect of sin to discourage us from doing good: from living the good life of virtue. In the end, we will be judged on how faithful we have been despite the difficulties we experience, and on how much we have loved.

It has been lovely to welcome parishioners back to the public celebration of Masses. Thank you to everyone for being so cooperative in observing all the special safety measures. Special thanks go to our volunteers who are supervising the church while it is open and during Masses. Please remember that you must wear a face covering or mask at Mass. At other times of private prayer, the face covering is not necessary.

Saturday 4pm, 5pm 6pm
Sunday 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12noon
Monday-Friday 12pm, 6pm
The church is open about 15 minutes before each celebration. On Monday-Friday the church remains open after the 12pm Mass for a time of private prayer.

In today's Gospel Jesus praises his Father and then says, 'Come to me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.' During these long weeks of the health crisis, we have prayed every day before the Blessed Sacrament in our Holy Hours. Christ, our gentle Shepherd, has journeyed with us, close to us in our prayers and homes. We have had the opportunity to continually 'come to him' expressing our prayers, thoughts, feelings, joys and sorrows, and our anxieties. As we begin Masses again, our Holy Hours come to an end. Nevertheless, our prayers continue, and we pray for everyone who will participate at Mass here and for those who will remain at home. May we all find in the Heart of Jesus a place of refuge and peace. In the Heart of Christ we meet ourselves immersed in the love and mercy of God. May we continue to 'learn from him who is gentle and humble in heart.' Finally, tomorrow (Monday) is the memorial of St Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr.

Should I come to Mass or not?
While we would all love for everyone to come to Mass, we should all think about our own wellbeing and the good of other people. You should not come to Mass if you have symptoms or feel unwell in any way. You should not come to Mass if you are very elderly or have health conditions that may mean you are particularly vulnerable. Think carefully about how you will travel to church and whether you can get there and back safely. The obligation to hear Mass on Sundays is suspended until further notice.

How often can I come to Mass and when?
We are asking people to come to Mass once a week. That can be any Mass on any day. Sunday may be busier so come during the week if you can.

A very happy feast day to you all! Today is the solemnity of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, the co-patrons of the city and Church of Rome. Peter and Paul are also known as the 'pillars of the Church'. Today we pray for the current Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, and indeed for the whole Church united by a wonderful fountain of unity and communion.


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